The World's Most Famous Paintings
Art is an artistic realm that divides opinion. To some, art offers us an insight into the work of some of the greatest minds the world has ever known. To many others, it is an overblown, esoteric nightmare, littered with pretension and needless ambiguity.
However, the world's best paintings are lauded for their distinction as standout works in an incredibly competitive field. Picasso famously said that every child is born an artist, but added that only a select few hone their craft into adulthood.
In recognition of these wise words, we thought we'd indulge you in an exhibition of our own by showcasing 30 of the most famous paintings in the world, ranging from the works of Picasso himself to a picture that has even the biggest of philistines rushing through the doors.
30. The Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli
Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece depicts the rise of the Goddess Venus from the sea, crowned in all her majestic glory with scintillating brushwork and vivid color.
The most impressive facet of this extraordinary piece of art is the face of Goddess Venus herself. While shy in nature, Botticelli's illuminating colors brings her out of her shell and into the eyes of thousands of admirers that visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery each year.